FROM ITS regular auctions in Makati City, Salcedo Auctions is extending its reach and fundraising efforts through its subsidiary brand Gavel&Block by holding a sale in Pasig City for the first time, in conjunction with its new online platform.

Salcedo Auctions’s auction series Under the Tree this month will include two unique sales: The Wish List by Salcedo Auctions, and The Holiday Sale by Gavel&Block.

The pieces in The Wish List auction are carefully selected Philippine art, rare furniture, and tribal and ethnographic art. Some items include a monumental Gothic tambol aparador from the 19th century, a solid ivory Salvador del Mundo statue from the 18th century, Emmanuel Garibay’s painting Mendiola (2010), Mauro “Malang” Santos’ painting Pahiyas (1963), and an untitled Napoleon Abueva kamagong wood sculpture from 1986.

Under the Tree: The Wish List will be held on Nov. 23, 2 p.m., at the Salcedo Auctions headquarters at the NEX Tower in Makati City. The public preview is ongoing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Nov. 22.

On Nov. 30, Gavel&Block will hold the Under the Tree: The Holiday Sale auction at 2 p.m. at the Lobby of The Podium West Tower, Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

This auction focuses on Philippine art, jewelry and timepieces, design collectibles, and historic memorabilia. The items for auction include a 1960s flat-face Murray pedal car, a Tiffany & Co. 18k white gold and diamond “Star Key” pendant necklace, a 1970s Patek Philippe yellow gold square bracelet watch, a Christian Dior mink jacket, and a 2015 untitled BenCab digital print.

“At Salcedo Auctions, we have always strived to create experiences that people will remember, whether it’s through purchasing art or participating in the auction process,” Victor Silvino, managing director of Salcedo Auctions said in a press release.

“With Gavel&Block at The Podium, we hope to not only bring the auction experience to a whole new set of art and design enthusiasts, but also to reinforce the robust retail environment that is so crucial in the upwardly mobile, progressive direction that our country is headed. We have always hoped for more people to appreciate what we have to offer through our different brands and sales,” he added.

The public preview will be held daily from Nov. 21 to 29, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Ground Floor of The Podium.

CHARITABLE ACTS ONLINE
To reinforce the spirit of giving, Salcedo Auctions launches its new online platform, Bid for the Future (bidforthefuture.org).

“Sometime [in the] middle of this year, Salcedo Auctions was approached by a Spanish fundraising web-based company that wanted to be able to expand the fundraising experience [in the country],” Salcedo Auctions director Richie Lerma told the press on Nov. 11 at Ça Va Creperie & Floral Atelier in The Podium, adding that the company had attended the previous Gavel&Block auctions.

Mr. Lerma and his wife Karen, then sought the help of their 16-year-old son Joaquin, a Grade 11 student taking the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strand, in developing an online platform for donations.

Young Joaquin Antonio Lerma, who is the Bid for the Future project head, chose Escuela Taller, an NGO founded in 2009 that educates and trains underprivileged youth in preserving and restoring built cultural heritage, as the first beneficiary.

“Our main goal is to ensure that donating to charities are sufficient and convenient for people. I want to make sure that Bid for the Future promotes causes that will ensure change,” he said, via live video call during the press launch.

“Right now, my first and foremost passion is history. That’s how I decided that our first initiative will be about conservation,” he added.

The website includes information about Bid for the Future and the projects of Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation. Donors may contribute any amount and settle them through Paypal or debit card transactions.

“It was quite clear to me that my first project would be about promoting history and preservation. So I wanted but I wanted to make sure that the organization I choose would be able to use the funds efficiently and effectively,” Joaquin Lerma said.

“[I]t expands the idea of being able to help,” his father said. “Everybody can be a part of building for the future.” Salcedo Auctions’ Under the Tree online catalogues are available at salcedoauctions.com. For inquiries, e-mail info@salcedoauctions.com or call 8659-4094, 8823-0956, 0917-107-5581. Follow @salcedoauctions on Facebook and Instagram. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman